The partnership involves no money changing hands. Performance issues developed are exclusive to DSR racing, but for safety issues, DSR has shared such technology with other teams, Hylton said.
“What we’re doing is we’re taking a part they’d like to have more life on and reverse engineering and making a computer model, making alterations to that part to see if we can find things that reduce the stress level to where it ultimately fails first,” he said. “If we can reduce the stresses, it will last longer.”
Hylton said students at IUPUI are ready to sink their teeth into the partnership and create a new funny car chassis that holds the same successes as the top fuel version did.
“They’re excited,” he said. “They understand the partnership with a team the caliber of DSR. They don’t come along every day and I think they realize the value of that, even if their ultimate goal may be to go into a different form of racing.”
For more about the IUPUI program, visit the website at www.engr.iupui.edu/motorsports/msteeng.shtml.